Flea and Tick Prevention Tips

Fleas and ticks may be tiny, but they can wreak havoc on your pet’s body. The best way to deal with these miniature pests is to prevent them from becoming a problem in the first place. Here are a few tips from a Rosedale vet on how you can help keep your pet and your home free of fleas, ticks and other pesky parasites.

Veterinary Care

The biggest ally you have in the war against fleas and ticks is your Rosedale vet. He or she will recommend prevention methods as part of your pet’s routine wellness visits. These methods may include oral medication or topical treatments, whichever makes the most sense for your particular pet. It’s important to note that you should never use an over the counter flea and tick product on your pet without first consulting with your Rosedale vet.

Outdoor Environment

External parasites like to lurk where there is thick grass or brush, so be sure to keep your yard well manicured. Grass should be kept cut to a length of under 3 inches, and any piles of leaves or brush should be promptly removed. This makes your yard a much less attractive hiding place for fleas and ticks, reducing the risk of your pet coming into contact with them.

Indoor Environment

Fleas and ticks love to lay their eggs in dark corners of a home. When these eggs hatch, the larvae will go looking for a host – your cat, your dog or even you. To avoid this, keep your home tidy and keep corners and crevices clean. Your Rosedale vet recommends vacuuming at least twice a week and getting rid of the vacuum contents immediately. Wood floors should also be regularly mopped.

What Not to Do

It’s important to point out that if you do decide to use an over the counter product to aid in your flea and tick prevention efforts, you follow the directions closely. Also, never use a product that’s designed for a dog on your cat, or vice versa. Avoid using more than one method at the same time, unless directed to do so by your Rosedale vet.

If, after all of these things, your pet still ends up with fleas or ticks, discuss it with your Rosedale vet. There are various treatment options available, and he or she can advise you on which one would be the most effective for your particular pet.